Accommodation for Newcomers in Sarnia
Immigration Accommodation in Sarnia
As a new immigrant arriving in Sarnia one of the first tasks is to find short term and long-term accommodation in Sarnia for you and your family.
Your first accommodation on arriving in Sarnia may be temporary. This is ok, and is the route that most new migration arrivals in Sarnia take. Some individuals opt of a good hostel or Serviced Accommodation in Sarnia, while some are lucky enough to be able to stay with family or friends in the area. Most new arrivals take a short-term rental while they look for something long term. As with any city, it’s always easier to find someplace new to live once you are already there and Sarnia is no different.
Accommodation for newcomers in Sarnia guide
You’ve been through the stress and emotional roller coaster involved with securing a visa for Canada and you’ve chosen Sarnia as your destination. It’s a charming place with plenty or heritage. Sarnia is well known to be extremely welcoming to new migrants.
Here is some background on Sarnia for new immigration arrivals.
Sarnia is a city in Southwestern Ontario, Canada, and had a 2016 population of 71,594. It is the largest city on Lake Huron and in Lambton County. Sarnia is located on the eastern bank of the junction between the Upper and Lower Great Lakes where Lake Huron flows into the St. Clair River, which forms the Canada–United States border, directly across from Port Huron, Michigan. The site’s natural harbour first attracted the French explorer La Salle. He named the site “The Rapids” on 23 August 1679, when he had horses and men pull his 45-ton barque Le Griffon north against the nearly four-knot current of the St. Clair River.
This was the first time that a vessel other than a canoe or other oar-powered vessel had sailed into Lake Huron, and La Salle’s voyage was germinal in the development of commercial shipping on the Great Lakes. Located in the natural harbour, the Sarnia port remains an important centre for lake freighters and oceangoing ships carrying cargoes of grain and petroleum products. The natural port and the salt caverns that exist in the surrounding areas, together with the oil discovered in nearby Oil Springs in 1858, led to the dramatic growth of the petroleum industry in this area. Because Oil Springs was the first place in Canada and North America to drill commercially for oil, the knowledge that was acquired there resulted in oil drillers from Sarnia travelling the world teaching other enterprises and nations how to drill for oil.
The complex of refining and chemical companies is called Chemical Valley and located south of downtown Sarnia. In 2011 the city had the highest level of particulates air pollution of any Canadian city, but it has since dropped to rank 30th in this hazard. About 60 percent of the particulate matter comes from industries and polluters in the neighbouring United States.
Lake Huron is cooler than the air in summer and warmer than the air in winter; therefore, it moderates Sarnia’s humid continental climate, making temperature extremes of hot and cold less evident. In the winter, Sarnia occasionally experiences lake-effect snow from Arctic air blowing across the warmer waters of Lake Huron and condensing to form snow squalls over land.
Finding Immigration Accommodation for Newcomers in Sarnia
Most searches begin with a search engine. Local papers in Sarnia may well be online and of course, listing sites such as Craigslist and Rentfaster Sarnia can be of great help.
What is the cost of short term accommodation in Sarnia
The cost of short-term newcomer accommodation in Sarnia varies greatly depending on requirements and neighborhoods. Lots of new arrivals to Sarnia use Airbnb to give them an indication of short term rental process in Sarnia and also the option to book with confidence and security.
Another website that offers the same accommodation as Airbnb but at less cost is Book Direct and Save
Rental accommodation in Sarnia for newcomers
One you decide to rent an apartment or house there are certain things specific to Canada to keep in mind. For example, make sure to agree who pays for utilities, and who is responsible for removing snow!
Property owners and landlords will usually require payslips or proof of income, bank statements and occasionally they may require references from previous landlords although lots of new immigrants to Sarnia were homeowners in their previous country. Sometimes it does help to already have secured employment in the greater Sarnia area.
All renters in Sarnia have rights, so you need to familiarize yourself with those rights before you sign any agreement. Thankfully there are a number of Organizations set up in Sarnia to help. These are called Newcomer services and a list of these can be found here: newcomer service
Newcomer subletting in Sarnia
Sometimes when a renter leaves for a few months they will sublet their accommodation. Quite often they leave some furnishings behind and for some newcomers to Sarnia this can be an ideal option, especially if you’ve yet to buy furniture or if your shipment is delayed.